Second Semester Student Survival Guide


Ashley DeCosty

Students in study hall doing there work so they have some free time at home.

Ashley DeCosty, Staff Writer

Second semester can be a difficult time for most students. Seniors are getting ready to graduate with an extreme case of “seniorits” and many others set their sights on summer right around the corner. A lot of people may be struggling to keep up with their work, but here are a few ways to stay positive and finish strong this semester!

Never Do Work Last Minute

When doing work, make sure you do it on time. It always feels great getting your work done, especially when you get it done on time or even early. There is way less stress when you give yourself time to do your work and get it out of the way, rather than waiting until the last minute to do so.

Get Involved

It’s always good to get involved with activities at school to help you enjoy your time there. From spring sports tryouts this semester to multiple clubs who meet after school, there’s an abundance of activities at St. Dominic to get involved in!

Go To Bed At a Reasonable Time

Sleep is key when surviving in school. You’ll do so much better in school with a good night’s rest. Sleep improves your thought process, and the more you sleep the easier it is to focus rather than focusing on the amount of sleep you didn’t get the night before.

Keep a Set Schedule

With more of a set schedule, you will get more things done. Set a time to wake up every day as well as a time to fall asleep each night. You can add a specific time to do your homework to make sure that you get it all done in time. Writing down these schedules and seeing your day mapped out can help you sta productive throughout the day.


One of the most important things to do is study! Studying will help your test scores improve and give you a better understanding of what you are learning. To help you study, take all the notes that you’ve taken in your classes and make flashcards, quizlets, or simply study with a friend and quiz each other!

Don’t Forget To Focus On Mental Health

Mental health is so very important in a student’s life! It’s so important to put your mental health first. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone when you need to. You can always feel free to see Ms. Lammering if you need someone at school or even reach out to friends, family, and other trusted adults.

The end of the semester is getting closer, and it can be hard to stay focused on our school work, so use these helpful tips to stay engaged for the last few months. Let’s finish out the end of this semester strong, Crusaders!